What kind of doctor can prescribe Suboxone?
If you are wondering about what kind of doctor can prescribe Suboxone, I am going to discuss it in this article. I would also like to discuss the cost of treatment and insurance coverage. You may be looking for a doctor who can help you with opioid addiction for the first time. Or, you may be seeing a doctor now who is very expensive or is not a good match for you and you want to know who else can prescribe Suboxone.
The treatment of opioid dependence is considered to be a psychiatric treatment. Because of this, many psychiatrists should be trained and prepared to prescribe Suboxone. If you are already seeing a psychiatrist, the best step to take first is to ask your psychiatrist if he or she prescribes Suboxone. However, psychiatrists are not the only doctors who prescribe Suboxone.
There is a training that doctors must undergo to be authorized to prescribe Suboxone for opioid dependency.
The training takes eight hours and can be completed in one day. After it is complete, the doctor may apply for a special DEA number that must be written on every Suboxone prescription. After completing training, a doctor may treat up to thirty patients at a time with Suboxone. When the doctor has one year of experience, he or she may request an increase to be able to treat 100 patients. A new law was recently passed that allows for doctors who meet stricter criteria to apply for the right to treat 275 patients.
There are multiple resources to find doctors who have obtained proper certification to prescribe Suboxone.
The company website
maintains a doctor finder. The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment
has a match program to match doctors and patients. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
also has a physician locator. These websites make it fairly easy to find local doctors who have met the requirements to prescribe Suboxone.
The problem with these listings is that many doctors who are listed have decided not to prescribe Suboxone and have not had their names removed from the directories.
Doctors are often looking for new opportunities and are willing to sit for hours of lectures to get additional certifications. When they are faced with the real world issues of helping people out of the nightmare world of addiction to opioids, many doctors decide not to prescribe Suboxone. This is understandable. Working in a busy medical clinic can be overwhelming for a doctor.
Doctors find that they don’t have the time and availability that is needed to help the opioid addict. Also, doctors, who are also human beings, can be like your family, friends and coworkers in the sense that they don’t understand addiction. Opioid addiction is not a moral failing in any way at all. It is a medical condition that requires medical treatment. It is not something that you can simply say, “just snap out of it”.
Stay away from pain clinics.
When you do find a doctor who prescribes Suboxone, be sure to ask if they work in a pain clinic. For some reason, many pain clinic doctors also prescribe Suboxone. I recommend against going to a pain clinic for Suboxone. You will be sitting in a waiting room with patients who are waiting for opioid prescriptions. If you are trying to get opioids such as heroin and opioid meds out of your body and out of your life, a pain clinic is not a good place for you to be. Another type of clinic that is springing up in some states is the marijuana clinic. Legal marijuana must be avoided when you are getting clean. You should stay away from these pot clinics that claim to also treat addiction.
Does it cost a lot to see a Suboxone prescribing doctor?
How much does it cost to see a Suboxone doctor? It can be frustrating, going through the listings just to find which doctors actually prescribe Suboxone. You may be relieved to finally find one who can see you and prescribe Suboxone if it is the right treatment for you. The next question you may have is how much it costs to see the doctor and to get the medication. Here is where things can get a little confusing.
Doctors often do not accept insurance for Suboxone treatment.
This does not mean that your insurance company does not cover treatment. You may have to file a claim yourself for reimbursement. There may be a variety of reasons that doctors do not accept insurance directly for Suboxone treatment. Doctors in the Fort Lauderdale area charge any where from $170 to over $400 for a visit. Some include the full month of treatment and some charge for every time you walk in the door, even if they schedule you for weekly or biweekly visits. Other doctors have more complex payment schedules based on how often you come in.
The medication itself is usually paid for by insurance.
The issue here is something called Prior Authorization. This is a process where the doctor presents information about your treatment plan to your insurance company of attempts to get the insurance company to agree to pay for the Suboxone for a certain time period. This can be time consuming and tricky for the doctor and his staff to navigate this process successfully. There are doctors who refuse to even get involved with Prior Authorization. You can also look for discounts at the manufacturer website. Patients have told me that prices range from $6 to $10 per dose of Suboxone, depending on the pharmacy and the use of a coupon. While not cheap, this medication is worth it if it can save a life.
While looking for a doctor, it is worth it to take the time to ask some questions. How much is it going to cost per month? You will be expected to see the doctor at least monthly, possibly more often at first. If the answer about how it costs is very complex, then you may want to try calling another doctor on the list. You should be able to get a straightforward answer about monthly cost. Also ask if there are additional costs not quoted such as urine drug screens.
Ask about how accessible the doctor is and how available the doctor is during the day and after hours.
If you get the sense that the doctor is protected by staff and never speaks to patients outside of a brief office visit, then you may want to look elsewhere. Treating opioid dependence is different than other medical conditions. Especially early on in treatment, you may need to speak to the doctor during the day or in the evening.
If you have insurance, ask about Prior Authorizations to get your insurance to pay for Suboxone.
If you have insurance, ask if the doctor or his staff handles Prior Authorizations and if they are handled in a timely manner. Prior Authorizations can make the difference of hundreds of dollars in costs. A doctor who wants to avoid this minor inconvenience can cost you a lot of money at the pharmacy.
If you have Medicare, ask if the doctor either accepts assignment or is opted out. If the doctor does not accept Medicare or they are not Opted Out, you may not be able to get your medications paid for. Regarding Medicare, it is important to ask this question. There are doctors who do not participate with Medicare in any form.
As you can see, finding a doctor to prescribe Suboxone can get a little more complicated than just finding one who is willing and authorized to write the prescription.
If you are trying to get more information on what kind of doctor can prescribe Suboxone in Fort Lauderdale
, please call Mark Leeds, D.O. for more information. Dr. Leeds charges one low monthly fee for treatment that includes urine drug screens and it includes any additional visits if needed and it covers any communications with the doctor during the day or in the evening. There are no hidden costs.
Dr. Leeds also is available for direct communication. Dr. Leeds also is adept at Prior Authorizations and has obtained fast authorization for medication coverage from some of the most difficult insurance plans.